New Economy, new language
So you thought a "hot group" was the Grammy-grabbing band Santana?
The New Economy has a growing lexicon all its own. You can decipher "Netrepreneur" for yourself. Here's a sampling of some other buzzwords from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm that's been tracking the words and phrases now gaining currency in the new-tech workplace.
Border crossers: Multiskilled employees who are comfortable crossing from job to job within a company.
Protected class: Rank-and-file workers with job experience badly needed by skill-short firms.
Fresh-outs: New graduates who require job training.
Jumpers: CEOs who leave traditional blue-chips to head Internet start-ups.
Reverbs: Baby boomers' children.
Bottom fishers: Risk-takers who reap hefty financial rewards by solving big problems at companies in turmoil.
Silicon sea: The widening gap between technology haves and have-nots.
E-cruiting: Recruiting over the Web.
Pink mail: Notice of termination via e-mail.
Cyberseniors: Retirees returning to fill high-tech jobs.
People churners: Bad bosses. Often blamed for failing to retain key talent.
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